Timeline: The History of Free Speech
From the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Notable Names Database
More than 20,000 bios of famous people.

The TV show on A&E has a database of bios on famous people. Good for fact-checking.

The History Channel
A good fact-checking database from the TV network.

Best History Sites
A portal of more than 1,000 history sites. Great one-stop site. Organized by periods, wars, etc.

History and Politics Out Loud
A database of famous political speeches, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. Search by speech title, speaker’s name or date. Note: Your browser may need plug-ins to hear the audio.

The Presidential Debate Blog

Commission on Presidential Debates

Cold War Civil Defense Museum
Historical site about civil defense in the 1960s and 1970s.

National Archives and Records Administration
Look up just about anything on this government-run database.

PBS’ Power of an Illusion
Explore traits of all races. Sit includes many interesting statistics and facts.

SPJ Historic Sites in Journalism
More than 70 years of awards to great sites in journalism history. Maps and slideshow of locations available on the page for teaching resources.

Veteran’s Day
History of the holiday and teaching resource guide.

National Museum of American History
Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the site offers collections, research and a timeline. A commercial site with some research uses.

Timeline: The History of Free Speech
From the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The 1619 Project

The Pulitzer Center and the NY Times built this site to challenge people to “reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation’s foundational date.” Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom.

Notable Names Database
More than 20,000 bios of famous people.

Library of Congress: Time Capsule
An online collection of broadsheets, pamphlets and more, which lets you examine early American life as it was lived.

American Family Immigration History Center
A cool database that helps you trace immigration through NYC. Example: Enter the name of a passenger who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.

Defining moments in American history, famous documents.

Constitution Facts
This site provides insights into the men who wrote the Constitution and how it’s been interpreted over the years.

A historical online tour of Pennsylvania.

Moment in Time
NPR radio show’s site offers transcripts, audio and a daily history list.

HistoryChannel.com: Speech Transcripts
Historical transcripts and audio.

Native American Rhymes
A history site full of great, hard-to-find facts.

Hyper History Online
More than 3,000 pages of historical facts. Very cool site.

Cold War Museum
A complete history of the cold war. Stories, photos, etc.

American Built
American Memory exhibit documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the USA.

This interactive resource offers a vast array of tools designed to “make history make sense.”

British Library: Archival Sound Recordings
Music, speeches, natural sounds.

National Archive: Civil War Records

Library of Congress: State Digital Resources
Includes memory projects, online encyclopedias, history and cultural materials.

World War I Diaries
Listed by subject, author, period.

Old Bailey Online: History Site
From the famous British courthouse, this online database covers more than 22,000 trials dating between 1714 and 1759. Read the actual transcripts from historic proceedings, view the original documents, etc.

Early Manuscripts
This site “provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford. Between 1995 and 2000 the Early Manuscripts Imaging Project created high resolution digital images from manuscripts which were selected as major treasures from their respective libraries.”

Time Capsule
Type in your birthdate and get a digest of news headlines, top song titles and other timely factoids covering that era.

Ease History
This Michigan State University website features videos and photographs from 1900 to the present. The site connects historical events, campaign ads and core democratic values. Users can search on over 600 videos and photographs and view them inside three different interfaces. It’s built from an environmental perspective and includes ad campaigns from the 1950s to present.

Veterans Administration: Memorial Day

This site generates offbeat facts and stats. Click the fact generator repeatedly for a list of of fun, interesting facts.

National Digital Library
Detailed multimedia presentations on significant historical events provide access to the highlights of the collections at the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress: Maps Archives
The Library of Congress offers a massive collection of maps spanning more than 1,000 years.

Virtual Library Museums
Find whatever you want, whether it’s art, history, science or a natural park.

JHistory: A Discussion Site For History of Journalism & Mass Communications

Top 100 Political Speeches

World War II in Color
A great collection of rare photographs from WWII.

Library of Congress: Experiencing War: Veterans’ History Project

History Happens
A collection of music videos about characters from American history.

A chance to rewrite history, giving the user the chance to write their own scenarios and sequels to historical events. Example: What would have happened had JFK not been killed?

The Atlantic: The Civil War
The Atlantic articles published before, during and after The Civil War.

Bios and facts on past presidents.

This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.

Past Inaugural Addresses

BYU: World War One Document Archives
From the Brigham Young Library.

History of the Eugenics Movement

Historical Marker Database

Library of Congress: American Memory

Discover the past through narratives and first-hand sources.

Internet History
The Internet Society offers some authoritative pieces on Internet history. The site also chronicles current net-related issues.

A handy quick-reference, fact-checking site for copy editors. Find out if a celebrity is dead or alive.

BBC: WWII – The Peoples War
An in-depth historical site.

Natural History Notebooks
A directory of animals, nature, etc. from a Canadian site.

The history of grocery stores.

UK National Archives

Encyclopedia, maps, documents, photos, etc.

BBC: Audio Slideshow of Media, Publishing History

Museum of the Moving Image
Articles by leading critics and scholars.

Air&Space Magazine
Smithsonian online magazine includes History of Flight, Flight Today, Military Aviaton and Space Exploration.

Mostly Medieval
A collection of research articles on medieval religion, festivals, ballads, etc.

Conversations With History
UC Berkeley site provides “lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work.”

An encyclopedic history of Seattle and surrounding communities. The site contains sourced essays, photo features and a detailed timeline of regional history, including live webcam footage of the WTO riots.

Women’s History Museum
National Museum of Women’s History offers an online tour of the political culture and imagery of American suffrage.

Historical Timelines
This site links to more than 230 various timelines about major historical events.

The Oregon Trail: A Virtual History

NPR: Middle East Conflict
A seven-part series on the history of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict

Travel in America 1750-1920
This Library of Congress site features 253 published narratives from American travelers.

Roots Web
Provides a listing of searchable indexes for family history as well as a listing of federal and state resources, such as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

This site allows you to search other popular sites simultaneously for family names which are then returned in alphabetical order.

Center for History and New Media
George Mason University site offers links to other history sites, other history departments and more.

Afghanistan Yesterday
A flashback to the 1960s and ’70s in this photo essay.

African Burial Ground
This site looks at the graveyard containing the remains of more than 400 17th- and 18th-century African in New York and how they should pay respects to them.

EyeWitness First Person History

Future Just Just Happened BBC Site

Library of Congress American Memory Project
A great source of American history data.

Stories, photos, dates and more.


Archives and Museum Info.

Archives of Canada

History of Religion

The History Place

U.S. History

Virtual Jamestown

Military History Encyclopedia
Reference for wars, individuals, weapons, concepts behind the wars, etc.

PBS: History Detectives

Urban Legends Reference Pages
Think a story or tip might be made up? Use this page to search for some urban legends.

International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience

TheCommunity.com Peacemakers Speak Site
Seventeen living Nobel Peace Prize winners issue statements on 9-11.

Rosetta Project
Archive of lost languages, pronunciation guides and writing samples.

A historical site dedicated to the cold war.

Women In World History Curriculum

American Women’s History: A Research Guide

Internet Women’s History Sourcebook

About.com’s Women’s History Month Special

Smithsonian Institute: History of Disability Rights Movement

Disability History Museum

Disability Social History Project

The Internet Sacred Text Archive
A religious tolerance and scholarship site that has deep resources on the human race’s religious heritage.

The British Museum: Currency History

Encyclopedia Titanica: Titanic Research
A wealth of historical information, including passenger lists, crew bios, survivors, deckplans, articles and more.

Occultopedia: Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences and Knowledge
An A to Z encyclopedia of metaphysical, curious and supernatural people, things, practices and events; an online treasury of unusual and occult knowledge and information.

Salem Witch Trials Archive
History of the trials, including maps, transcripts, bios of notable people, etc.

Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount Guide
This online guide is a tour of what’s called the Temple Mount by Jews, the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.

Medical History of American Presidents
Chronicles illnesses of past presidents and other well-known people.

Footnote.com: World War II Archives
Footnote and the National Archives assemble a collection of photos, news articles, case files about war crimes, accounts of air battles and much more.

Library of Congress: Chronicling America — Historic American Newspapers
An ever-expanding database of newspaper archives.

The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
More than 2,500 pages on black history.

Library of Congress: Votes for Women Timeline

National Cartoon Museum

Ohio State: Cartoon Research Library

AARP Magazine: 1968 – The Year That Rocked Our World

National Museum of American History

Academic Earth
Videos of academic lectures by top scholars on various topics.

Provides free online access to historic and current aerial photography.

History House
Online magazine devoted to history: column archives, book reviews, forums, mailing lists and much more.

Encyclopedia of Chicago
Terminology, history of the city, from the Chicago Historical Society.

African-American history, ancient Egypt, Celtic Europe, Greek history, Shakespeare, etc.

TV History

Digital History
A new Web resource that aims to cover the latest trends in digital history and to keep up with the state-of-the-field. From the New Media Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the site is a clearinghouse of current events and news items of interest, and provides selected bibliography of resources. Targeted to scholars, the site has many helpful tools for journalists.

American Journalism Historians Association

American Women’s History: Journalism

History of Computing Project

WWW-VL: Internet History

Hobbes’ Internet Timeline

The Online Timeline
From David Carlson at the University of Florida.

TV History
Links, FAQ, decade-by-decade breakdown the evolution of television and TV manufacturers. Look at past TV guides, TV models, etc.

Reporting Civil Rights


University of North Carolina: History of Business Journalism

Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture


PBS: Soldiers Without Swords — The Black Press

PBS: Yellow Journalism

Best of History Web Sites
Links to more than 1,200 sites.

Wild Film History
Wildlife films and television programs from 1896 to the present. It includes oral histories and video interviews.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum

White House Museum
Unaffiliated with the government, this site gives a tour, stats, details about the building and surrounding area.

Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
Tips on caring for documents, works of art, historic buildings, etc.

Designers, others depict famous moments in history.

National Museum of American History Blog

The Great War Archive
Materials on WWI.


New York Times: Most-Used Words in Presidential Inaugural Addresses
From 1789 to the present.

Inauguration Blog

Bartleby: Inauguration Speeches of Past Presidents
Searchable database of speeches.

Library of Congress: Presidential Inaugurations
“I Do Solemnly Swear . . .”: Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to George W. Bush’s inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Library of Congress: Inauguration Dates
Great for quick reference.

infoPlease: Inauguraton File
A treasure trove of facts and background, including media coverage, famous addresses, inaugural trivia, and life after the presidency.

WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Includes history and traditions with the ceremony.

WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a chronological chart of details of details from past ceremonies.

TeacherVision: History of Presidential Inaugurations

CNN: Interactive Inauguration Event Map

National Archives: Office of Strategic Services Personnel Files

History Matters: FDR’s 1933 Inauguration Speech
Famous speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt given in Washington, D.C., March 4th, 1933. “We have nothing to fear … but fear itself.”

MSNBC: Estimating Large Crowds
Steve Doig of Arizona State University uses a process to estimate large crowds. He uses Obama’s Presidential Inauguration as an example.


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